Stories tagged: 2011 Idaho Legislature
Sat., Feb. 5, 2011
Tax-protesting lawmaker Hart gives up committee post
BOISE – Idaho Rep. Phil Hart agreed to give up his committee vice chairmanship Friday to avoid an ethics sanction, and the tax-protesting state representative apologized to fellow lawmakers. “If …
Fri., Feb. 4, 2011, 9:33 a.m.
Hart gives up vice-chairmanship to avoid ethics sanction
Idaho Rep. Phil Hart agreed to give up his committee vice-chairmanship Friday to avoid an ethics sanction, and the tax-protesting state representative apologized to fellow lawmakers.
Thu., Feb. 3, 2011
Idaho bills challenge urban renewal efforts
BOISE – Seven bills to limit the authority of urban renewal districts in Idaho were proposed Wednesday, including one from a lawmaker who said the state wouldn’t need urban renewal …
Wed., Feb. 2, 2011, 2:56 p.m.
Idaho legislators take aim at urban renewal
Seven bills to limit urban renewal districts’ authority in Idaho were proposed in a rarely-convened House committee on Wednesday, including one from a lawmaker who said if people just carry …
Wed., Feb. 2, 2011, 11:41 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers target child rights treaty
Idaho’s Republican-dominated Legislature is taking aim at a global children’s rights treaty the United States has yet to ratify, backing an amendment to the Constitution to protect parental rights as …
Wed., Feb. 2, 2011
Idaho may turn to corporate sponsors to keep state parks open
BOISE – Idaho’s cash-strapped state parks system will be looking to “tasteful” corporate sponsorships to try to help keep the state’s 30 parks open in the coming year, state parks …
Tue., Feb. 1, 2011, 10:55 a.m.
Bill to give new Idaho tech school faster start dies
Lawmakers killed a bill that would have expedited plans for a professional-technical high school in North Idaho and allowed construction to begin before the money was collected from taxpayers.
Tue., Feb. 1, 2011, 8:19 a.m.
Idaho state parks want ‘tasteful’ corporate sponsorships
Idaho’s cash-strapped state parks system will be looking to “tasteful” corporate sponsorships to try to help keep the state’s 30 parks open in the coming year, state parks chief Nancy …
Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
Privatized liquor could mean millions for Idaho, report finds
BOISE – Liquor sales in Idaho could be privatized, a new state-commissioned report has concluded – but that doesn’t mean lawmakers will do it. “Usually we’re all about privatization,” said …
Mon., Jan. 31, 2011, 4:27 p.m.
Idaho could privatize liquor sales, but likely won’t
It’d be entirely feasible to privatize liquor sales in Idaho, according to a new state-commissioned report - but that doesn’t mean the state would do it.
Sun., Jan. 30, 2011
Russell: Lawsuit over Idaho’s secret tax deals deferred
BOISE – A lawsuit over secret tax deals has been dropped for now, but backers say it’s just to await legislative action. Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, has introduced legislation to …
Sat., Jan. 29, 2011
Idahoans decry proposed cuts to services for disabled
BOISE – Close to a thousand people flocked to the Idaho Capitol on Friday to plead with lawmakers not to cut services to disabled Idahoans. “I’ve been in two group …
Fri., Jan. 28, 2011, 1 p.m.
Hundreds decry cuts for disabled in Idaho
Close to a thousand people flocked to Idaho’s state Capitol on Friday to plead with lawmakers not to cut services to disabled Idahoans from their children to their clients to …
Thu., Jan. 27, 2011
Nullification bill introduced, with concerns
BOISE – If Idaho lawmakers can’t nullify the federal health care reform law in their state, “then we might as well just get rubber stamps,” freshman Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton …
Thu., Jan. 27, 2011
State cuts shifting NIC funding burden to taxpayers, students
BOISE – Falling state funding for higher education could lead to higher property taxes in North Idaho, state lawmakers were warned Wednesday as they heard North Idaho College’s budget request …
Wed., Jan. 26, 2011, 2:21 p.m.
Idaho could expand anti-discrimination law
Idaho’s state Human Rights Commission has endorsed legislation adding sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination law. Just two years ago, the commission opposed such legislation and lawmakers refused to introduce …
Wed., Jan. 26, 2011, 9:14 a.m.
Party-line vote in Idaho for ‘nullification’ bill
On a straight party-line vote, with all 15 Republicans on the committee voting in favor and all four Democrats voting against, the House State Affairs Committee voted this morning to …
Wed., Jan. 26, 2011
Idaho official’s opinion not stopping push to nullify health law
BOISE – A group of Idaho lawmakers is pushing ahead with plans to introduce legislation today to nullify the federal health care reform law, even though a new Idaho attorney …
Tue., Jan. 25, 2011, 3:49 p.m.
North Idaho lawmaker wants to ‘nullify’ health reform
A group of Idaho lawmakers, including freshman Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, is pushing ahead with plans to introduce legislation Wednesday to “nullify” the federal health care reform law, even …
Tue., Jan. 25, 2011
UI president warns against further cuts
BOISE – University of Idaho President Duane Nellis warned state lawmakers Monday that budget cuts like those the university has absorbed the past two years are “not sustainable.” UI has …
Mon., Jan. 24, 2011, 4:41 p.m.
Parks chief rapped for CdA boat launch letters
Idaho lawmakers called their state parks director on the carpet Monday over letters that were sent to 32,000 boaters about the possible closure of the Third Street boat launch in …
Mon., Jan. 24, 2011, 11:47 a.m.
UI prez: Budget cuts ‘not sustainable’
University of Idaho President Duane Nellis warned state lawmakers today that budget cuts like those the university has taken for the past two years are “not sustainable.”
Sun., Jan. 23, 2011
Eye on Boise: Rate of tuition hikes ‘counterproductive’
BOISE – The answer to Idaho’s higher education funding conundrum – more students, less money – can’t just be raising tuition rates further, the head of the state Board of …
Sat., Jan. 22, 2011
Idaho lawmaker backs medical marijuana
BOISE – An Idaho lawmaker has introduced a medical marijuana bill, saying Idaho needs to save money in its Medicaid program and that medical marijuana is a much cheaper way …
Fri., Jan. 21, 2011, 12:12 p.m.
Hundreds pack Idaho school hearing
With the flood gates open, hundreds of teachers and parents flocked to the Idaho Capitol on Friday when given the chance to unload their burdens to lawmakers who craft the …
Fri., Jan. 21, 2011
Cross-deputization bill will be introduced
BOISE – Benewah County reneged on a policing deal with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe last spring, the tribe told lawmakers Thursday, so it’s time to just let tribal police officers …
Thu., Jan. 20, 2011, 3:55 p.m.
Tribal policing issue back before lawmakers
Benewah County reneged on a deal with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe on policing last spring, the tribe told lawmakers Thursday, so it’s time to just pass a state law letting …
Wed., Jan. 19, 2011, 10:26 a.m.
Idaho marriage license fee hike proposed
Idaho should consider raising its marriage license fee by $20 to help provide legal counsel in civil cases involving children and families, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court …
Wed., Jan. 19, 2011
Keep in touch with the Idaho Legislature
Even from 400 miles away, North Idaho residents can follow legislation, listen to legislative debates, and have their say on new laws that could affect everything from the taxes they …
Wed., Jan. 19, 2011
Lawmakers skeptical of Idaho education plan
BOISE – Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s sweeping education reform plan. Luna’s plan relies on increasing class sizes and employing fewer …